Removing Engler Is Only the First Step for MSU
For immediate release: January 17, 2019
Following a recent interview in which he disparaged victims of serial abuser Larry Nassar, the interim President at Michigan State University resigned yesterday. Today, the MSU Board of Trustees sped up that resignation so that it was effective immediately.
We are glad that MSU acted to remove ex-President John Engler following his latest insensitive remarks. However, removing Mr. Engler is not enough. If the trustees truly want to do what is best for both the survivors of Larry Nassar and their university, they should immediately commission an investigation into the culture and environment that allowed the doctor to prey on so many. Institutions cannot police themselves and investigations from outside consultants are needed, not just to determine criminal culpability, but to better understand the underlying structures, mechanisms, and causes that allowed allegations against Dr. Nassar to be ignored.
We call on newly-appointed President Satish Udpa to take the exact steps that his predecessors steadfastly refused to take, and to do what he can to make fundamental changes to the culture at Michigan State.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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